Ane-Maria Boromisa, PhD,

Sanja Tišma, PhD,

Krešimir Jurlin, PhD,

Vesna Mateak,

Anastasya Raditya Ležaić and

Iva Tolić


Independent Union of Research and Higher Education Employees of Croatia

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ISBN 978-953-96715-5-4

The analysis deals with financial modalities of research institutions (universities and research institutes), and their revenue management modalities with a focus on the autonomy, depending on its financial sources. The first part of the book describes the main characteristics of the system of financing research and higher education in Europe, including the relations of their autonomy and research excellence indicators. The second part shows the experience of new EU member states (Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Poland),  of countries with highly regarded universities in Europe (UK and Switzerland), of some older EU member states that are of similar size with Croatia (Austria, Ireland and Portugal). The experience of countries that are seen as example of best practice are also previewed (Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden). Germany and Italy were included as well because of the cultural and institutional influence, while Spain gave a preview of the benefits and weaknesses of a decentralised system. Norway is a relevant example for Croatia since it has a similar number of population, and the teaching and research staff have the public servant status. The third part of the book provides a detailed preview of the situation in Croatia. The last and fourth part of the book provides conclusions and recommendations.